People through the city and across the world wore jeans Wednesday in observation of Denim Day during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Abigail Fellows, community educator for Spouse Abuse Sexual Assault Crisis Center, said Denim Day is an awareness campaign to encourage people to support victims of sexual assault by wearing jeans to work.
She and others at SASA Crisis Center asked local businesses to set aside the normal business casual attire in favor of jeans for the day for the event.
This year, Fellows also made an effort to include college students in the event. She encouraged students at Hastings College and Central Community College-Hastings to put up posters and wear jeans for the event.
"They were excited to do something simple to raise awareness," she said. "(College students) have a lot of energy and are passionate about things."
Hastings saw a rash of sexual assault cases in 2012, but the trend may be cooling down this year.
Last year, 63 sexual assaults were reported to the Hastings Police Department. Comparatively, 33 reports were filed in 2011 and 36 reports made in 2010. The average total during the previous five years was 49.
So far this year, the number appears to be dropping. During the first three months of 2013, there have been 10 reports of sexual assaults. The first quarter of 2012 saw 16 reports filed.